Plain text in Notes panel?

Is there a way to set the Notes panel to plain text? I currently use notes to maintain my intro and end notes for the pieces I’m writing and it would be a nice plus if there was a way to set this to plain text so it doesn’t need to be run through a separate program before inputting it.


If you mean inputting it from elsewhere to the notes panel of your project (and not in some other app later on), you could use Edit / Paste and Match style. That will strip any text of its formatting.

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No, sorry that was confusingly phrased. What I mean is that I’m not sure how to make the Notes panel itself plain text (or if there’s a way to do that). I was hoping to use that panel to keep my intro and end notes pre-coded and then just paste directly from there when I upload to the website.

When you are ready to upload to your website :
Select all, copy, paste and match style, select all, copy

There is no option for that. (That I know of.)


P.S. The synopsis panel is plain text.

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“pre-coded” meaning the notes paragraphs with html included sans rich text. I can just go through another program for it, but I was hoping there was a way to do it all within Scrivener and I just didn’t know where to find the setting. (Already using the synopsis panel for another thing, which I need for being able to organize in corkboard etc for planning)

Well. Technically, Paste and Match style makes the text plain text.
But is it still really plain text after it got pasted, this I don’t know.
If it isn’t, that third party app I’m afraid you won’t be able to do without.

(Of course, if you use Paste and Match style to paste over formatted text, the pasted text will be formatted. …and Match style.) ← Forget the “trick” I suggested, now that I think of it, it just wouldn’t work.

In the Inspector, under the Custom Metadata tab, you could create an entry formatted as Text, which is plain text.
I haven’t read that it’s limited to x-amount of characters, though it tends to not be fully visible at all times and doesn’t stick to particular size once you’ve clicked away from it. That behaviour may be a different experience on a Mac.


Well, you don’t have to use rich text formatting if you don’t want to.

That is, you can go ahead and write raw HTML in the Notes field, and Scrivener will happily put it on the Clipboard when you Copy it. What happens after that will depend on what the destination application does.

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I was wondering that exactly.
If one types in the note panel, at the base it is plain text. If the user doesn’t format anything, it will still be once copied, right ? – There isn’t even a “root” non plain text code line that will copy along. (?)

So if the user formats it, all that’s needed is a segment at the top that is left untouched to make Paste and Match style a sort of reset for the whole note once needed.

Even when I paste and match style to a blank Note (which is what I think you’re describing here?) it still does the smart quotes etc if I type at all or edit the sentence with the code. It’s really fine - I was just wondering whether there was an easy settings switch I didn’t know about and it sounds like the answer is no. So I can find a work around. Thanks for the help!

The easiest setting is to turn off Smart Quotes completely in Scrivener → Settings → Corrections. If you turn them off, you won’t have that problem. I have them turned off

If I’m compiling to RTF, then in my word processor (NWP) I convert plain to smart quotes as the last stage of creating the document.

But I also work through Markdown, etc. and the Markdown/Pandoc/… process converts plain to smart quotes as necessary by default.



Are you pasting to or from Scrivener?

When you paste to Scrivener, it will apply whatever options you tell it to apply, including smart quotes if you have them configured.

Edit: @Vincent_Vincent prompted me to actually test this, and quotes remain as they were in the original source, either smart or not-smart.

But if you paste from Scrivener, what happens depends in part on the destination software. If the destination expects plain text, then that’s what it will get.